I want to get into smoking bbq briskets and ribs as I have been inspired by all the recipes on this forum. I did a little research and found a vertical smoker will suit a novice like me. I was looking at the Weber smokey mountain and the Pro Q Frontier. The Weber medium size has a cooking area of 47cm and the RRP is $750. The Pro Q Excel 20 has a cooking area of 48cm and RRP is $650. From what I have read the weber has more users and hence more user knowledge base. The Pro Q is cheaper and apparently has some extra features like the 3 size config with latches and handles. Both thermostats are apparently off by some margin so people seem to replace it with a quality thermostat later. The weber has a 10 year limited warranty and the Pro Q has a 2 year warranty I believe. Than I came across this cheapy one on ebay http://bit.ly/21lsQZr which is on sale at $100 which has a cookin area of 38cm. Basically I going to have to replace the stock thermostats on all the 3 models. I currently have no bbq or grilling bbq's at home so Im not sure which one to get. Should I get the $100 one and see how I go or should I invest in a Weber or ProQ and look for solid use for 10 years+. What would you guys recommend?